"President Zuma should do that which is right, and that which is in the
collective interests of the integrity of the South African Police Service
and fire Mr Bheki Cele and appoint a career policeperson to the position of
National Police Commissioner;" said Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP, the National
Chairperson of the IFP Youth Brigade (IFPYB).
Hlengwa was reacting to the continued speculation about the fate of
suspended Police Commissioner Bheki Cele and the brewing chaos in the SAPS
management. "The hide-and-seek attitude of the President on this matter is
yet another instance of incompetence on his part. President Zuma should be
very decisive on this matter because instability in the SAPS is potential
for trouble, crime and unprecedented chaos in the country;" added Hlengwa.
"As young people we must not allow President Zuma's incompetence and evident
indecisiveness to wreck our future just because he will not be there. We
need to sort out South Africa NOW for the sake of our future. If this chaos
in the SAPS continues then we are sure as hell headed for trouble;" added
Policing as a profession will lose attraction for so long as policepersons
play second fiddle to cadres.
"We cannot afford to move into the future with so much uncertainty about the
direction of the SAPS. The SAPS are currently a rudderless ship because
President Zuma failed to learn from President Mbeki's mistake by appointing,
on the basis of comradeship, a person who is clueless about police work
having never served as a police officer for even one day. It is high time
that a career police officer be appointed to this crucial position."
"The acting commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi has now also found himself in
the midst of serious allegations, which must be investigated swiftly so that
necessary action can be taken. The argument, however, that General Mkhwanazi
is too young for this position has no basis, age is nothing but a number. He
should be judged on his knowledge, skills, expertise and experience in the
policing field," concluded Hlengwa.